hello, hello! and happy new year. here we are a couple weeks in already, i can hardly believe it. we had a lovely holiday filled with family and food and so many blessings... it really is my favorite time of the year. we spent new years' out in minnesota-- not the cold we experienced a couple of years ago, but still chilly enough for ice fishing snowy walks and all day fires.
and in a matter of days, the tree was down and the decorations are boxed up once again. the unwrapped gifts are put away and moved into rotation. the sense of new&exciting remains though, and the new year is full of possibility.
a few notes on what january looks like so far:
roasted veggies for soup
ice cold water out of the faucet
thank-yous on fresh stationery
loud creaks from the radiator
new socks and mocs
wishing for snow (but seeing rain instead)
purging drawers and closets
one of our favorite gifts from christmas is the newest addition to our kitchen-- the vitamix! we've been giving it a workout with smoothies and soups-- and are looking forward to trying some juices and flours next.
here's a recipe for a simple, savory mango pineapple smoothie. the ingredients are casually thrown in-- so it's not specific in the amounts-- and the fruits may be fresh or frozen. (i recommend adding some ice if you are using fresh fruits).
1 cup almond milk
2 T. milled flax
1/2 tsp. cardamom
blend all ingredients in high-speed blender, adding more almond milk or water if necessary. season with additional cardamom and cinnamon to taste.
*what are your favorite artists/albums of late? my post-christmas self doesn't know what to do without the holiday tunes! ready for something new.